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First Communion Classes

First Communion may be made in our parish by children 7 to 8 years of age who are able to read. Children must be baptized and want to receive their First Holy Communion. The classes consist of four sessions taught by the rector and parish catechist. Classes will be held Saturdays May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2016 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the rector's office. Students should be prepared to attend ALL cases and be on time!

First Communion Sunday is May 29, 2016 (Corpus Christi).

More About First Communion

The Church of England and its 38 provinces, known as the Anglican Communion, inherited from the Western Latin tradition that Holy Communion was administered for the first time on the Sunday of or after a mature person (12-13 years old) had received from the Bishop the Laying On of Hands in the Sacrament of Holy Confirmation.

The Eastern Orthodox Churches maintained a very early tradition of infants receiving Communion on the day of their Baptism, and thereafter on special days with their parents or godparents sponsoring them.

By the 20th century, the churches of the west began to re-examine our policy on First Communion. In 1923 the Roman Catholic Church moved First Communion to the age of 7. In 1970 the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church allowed for the communion of any baptized person who was repentant of their sins, admitted to Holy Communion, and believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Many parishes had already begun to practice First Communion earlier than Confirmation, and specifically Anglo-Catholics had begun to observe First Communion of children taught and prepared to be admitted to Holy Communion around the age of 7.

Our parish, being Anglo-Catholic, practices this allowance made by the Bishops in 1970. We carefully guard that:

  1. A parent's consent is required.
  2. Children must be 7 years or older and desirous of making their First Holy Communion.
  3. A class of instruction is offered and taught by the rector, curate, and/or catechist of the parish.
  4. A rite of formal admittance to Holy Communion be celebrated at one of the Sunday Masses.

Thus we offer this class at least yearly. Enrollment is required, as is the participation of the parents in the faith and practice of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

 

Confirmation/Inquirer’s Classes

Confirmation is the Sacrament of the Laying On of Hands by a Bishop in Apostolic Succession. While baptism makes us Christians and members of the Body of Christ, Confirmation is the gift of the Holy Spirit and our full acceptance of the duties of being a baptized Christian in the world today.

Confirmation will be administered by the Bishop at our Patronal Mass of SS. Peter and Pauls, apostles. Class taught by the rector are requisite for being confirmed or received. Classes will meet on eight Saturday mornings at 11:00 am in the rector's office.

  1. Intro and Doctrine, Pt. I – May 7, 2016
  2. Doctrine, Pt. II – May 14, 2016
  3. History, Pt. I – May 21, 2016
  4. History, Pt. II – May 28, 2016
  5. Worship, Pt. I – June 4, 2016
  6. Worship, Pt. II – June 11, 2016
  7. Odds & Ends – June 18, 2016
  8. An Outline of the Mass – June 25, 2016